‘Star King’ apologizes for distorting Muslims in its latest episode
The production team of SBS’s ‘Star King‘ released an official apology for the controversy they caused over a depiction of Muslims during their August 13th broadcast.
On August 15th, the team wrote a letter titled “We are apologizing for our description about the Muslim culture“, which was uploaded onto the show’s official homepage.
The letter stated, “August 13th’s broadcast last week featured a segment called ‘18 year old girl from Saudi Arabia, Ruby’s dream’. While introducing the guest, some contents could’ve been viewed as if we were belittling Saudi Arabian religion and traditions. We apologize for our mistake.”
The team also added, “We only wished to emphasize the guest’s desire for singing and did not have any intentions to belittle the Muslim culture. We will take extreme measures from now on so that we don’t bring about any further misunderstandings over our depictions and interpretations of different religions and cultures featured in our program.”
August 13th’s broadcast of ‘Star King’ was swept up in a controversy after it aired footage of a man dressed as an Arab threatening MC Kang Ho Dong while holding a rifle. It was criticized widely among netizens for degrading the Muslim religion and culture.
The production team has meanwhile stopped the “replay service” for this particular episode for the time being so that the controversial contents can be edited out.